Rins to stay with Team Suzuki Ecstar for two more seasons

Spaniard is confirmed as remaining with the Hamamatsu factory in 2019 and 2020

Alex Rins is confirmed as racing with Team Suzuki Ecstar for two further seasons, with a contract extension announced just ahead of the French GP that will see Rins remain with the Hamamatsu factory for 2019 and 2020.

Rins debuted in MotoGP™ in 2017 and despite a tough start to the season severely affected by injury, he was able to get up to speed by around mid-season - showing consistent improvements in his performances and reported an increasingly good feeling with the bike. The Spaniard then showed some serious pace in winter testing ahead of 2018, followed shortly by the success of his first podium in the premier class at the Argentina GP this year where he took third - and fought for the win.

“The renewal of Alex’s contract is a source of great pride for us, especially as we always hoped it to be a project which would last for a long period of time," says Shinichi Sahara – Project Leader. "We started this adventure with him last year with the objective of not only seeing him grow as MotoGP rider, but also to grow and develop ourselves alongside him. I believe that the journey to success is a process that must be advanced step by step, taking the proper time, learning from the mistakes and taking advantage of the successes. Both Alex and his crew, together with all the Suzuki team, have made outstanding progress in this sense, and this is the reason why we’re very happy to have the chance to build up this project for two more years.”

“I’m very happy that we have been able to finalise the renewal of Alex’s contract for the 2019 and 2020 MotoGP seasons," adds Davide Brivio – Team Manager. "Alex is growing and improving fast, and knowing that we will have a long time together allows everybody to concentrate and work even harder to achieve important results with him. I’m glad that Alex was happy to stay with us, and I want to thank Alex’s crew and everyone in the Team, as well as all the staff in Japan for creating a nice environment where he feels he can continue to work well and grow. Now let’s carry on doing a great job with this exciting project together."

“I’m very happy about this contract renewal," says Rins. "Even when I was still in Moto2, and I was planning to move to MotoGP, it was always the Suzuki project which looked brightest and most interesting in my eyes. My debut last year was complicated; there was my back injury in the 2016 Valencia test, then the ankle injury while training, and finally the arm injury in Austin. So after only two races we had already been through a very tough time, but I always felt the affection and support of Suzuki and the whole Team. We were able to turn the situation around through being patient, working hard, and being consistent, and finally this year we got the first podium together with my third place in Argentina. But no matter the results, whether good or bad, the mood in the box has always been positive. The project that the Team have set up for me is fantastic, I can fully trust the capabilities of the Company and the Team when it comes to development and improvement, and I’m sure we can continue to aim for big results. Now we only have to keep on working hard to see just how far we can go…”